By Azure Nelson,
Published May 3, 2010
About Recycled Bride
Eco-friendly makeup that won't put a wrinkle in your budget
Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day, but makeup that makes you look pretty today can have damaging long-term effects for your skin, your health, and the Earth. Most conventional makeup contains potentially toxic chemicals that can penetrate your skin and be introduced into our water supply when washed off. Start switching to all-natural beauty products
a few months before your wedding to truly see their benefit by your big day. Use healthy makeup products filled with nourishing oils that will prep your skin for wedding beauty, and pair them with mineral powders, which can be used lightly every day or in layers for more full coverage on your big day. Since choosing truly toxin-free makeup can be confusing, let's take a look at some of my favorites:
Mineral powders are a girl's best friend. They'll even out your skin tone, and cover like foundation without the icky "mask" effect. One of my favorite all-natural mineral foundations comes from Terra Firma Cosmetics
, a company that makes fantastic makeup and skin care with safe, natural, and healthy ingredients for your body. Their Hydrasilk Mineral Foundation
contains titanium dioxide and zinc for natural sun protection, amino acids for moistrure balancing, and is made with uncoated, nonmicronized minerals (that means the minerals aren't coated in silicone or broken down into micro-particles). I recommend using a light dusting of this powder every day in the months before your wedding to promote skin health, then layering it for more coverage on your wedding day. Find your perfect shade with a mineral foundation sample stacker: You can buy it for $15.99, test out all the varieties and tones you're interested in, and get a $10 credit towards your Terra Firma foundation purchase.
Josie Maran Cosmetics
was founded by former model Josie Maran in 2006, and has since become a favorite of brides and celebrities
alike. To start transforming your skin today, use Josie Maran's Argan Oil
as a face and neck moisturizer. It fights acne and dryness, and is manufactured by Fair Trade co-ops of women in Morocco. The oil is pure, healing, 100% organic and chemical-free, and makes a perfect base for makeup. It's $48 for a bottle, which lasts for about 3 months for me when I use just a few drops twice daily.
If you wouldn't eat it, why wear it on your lips? Ely Organics
sells one of my favorite bride finds ever - a certified 100% organic lip creme by Miessence that provides beautiful intense color and keep your lips hydrated and kissable for hours. These cremes come in matte or shimmer, and can also be used on your cheeks for a splash of healthy color. But the best part is how incredibly durable the color is, and that's something every bride needs! Between kissing your groom, chatting with wedding guests
, eating, and dancing, you're going to need a lip color that lasts all day. Try Plum for deep, dramatic color, or Melon for a more natural, fresh look. At $24.80, one pot of this lip color will last you forever, since you almost never need to reapply!
- Known among beauty insiders as the pioneering leader in luxury and eco-friendly
nail polish, Priti NYC polishes are all completely non-toxic, biodegradable, vegan, and made without toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DHB) and formaldehyde- all known carcinogenic ingredients. They are completely safe for use on children and moms-to-be, so go ahead and have that pre-wedding mani-pedi party
, and invite your flower girls
and expecting bridesmaids without worrying about toxic chemicals. They even have soy nail polish remover! It's $12.50 for a bottle of nail color. Buy two bottles and have bridesmaids
use one color, and moms and flower girls use the other. Now that's eco-cool.
For more information about cosmetics safety, check out SafeCosmetics.org. What's your favorite all-natural bridal beauty secret? Tell us about it in the comments below!